Milwaukee beat Boston, 103-101, to tie their NBA first-round series at 2-2. It almost didn’t turn out that way, though — the Celtics came back from 20 points down in the third quarter, thanks mostly to Cal product Jaylen Brown.
Jaylen Brown sets a new career-high in style (34pts) pic.twitter.com/P9OJNMOW8C— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 22, 2018
Or should I say, Cuonzo Martin product Jaylen Brown.
The Boston Celtics shooting guard who played for Missouri men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin at California scored 34 points against the Milwaukee Bucks. [...]
“Some guys have the mentality that they want to be great,” Martin said of Brown. “Jaylen analyzes what it takes to be great.”
As O’Connor mentioned, Brown’s inability to shoot the perimeter jumper at the collegiate level made life often difficult. Still, he averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, numbers good enough to lead the Golden Bears to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. [...]
“It’s a joy to see him play well,” Martin said. “That’s his life and his path, and I’m always happy to see them (succeed) in that.”
Brown averaged 14.6 points per game in his one year at Cal. He has blossomed in his second year in Boston. This has little to do with anything, but if nothing else, think of this as a reminder that Michael Porter Jr., Jontay Porter, and Jeremiah Tilmon are probably not the last blue-chippers who will make their way to Columbia as long as Martin’s here.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Now she’s just showing off: In her last home race, at the Tom Botts Invitational, Karissa Schweizer set the school record in the 1500-meter, knocking out a 4:12.83 like it was nothing. Quite a few other Tigers also recorded first-place finishes, but Karissa stole the show. As always.
- Gabe at PowerMizzou ranked each of Missouri’s football recruiting classes in the Rivals era. One of the highest-ranked (initially) Pinkel classes led the way, followed by one of the lowest-ranked.
Initially had it first but 2008 had 13 regular starters. The receivers in 2006 may not be matched thou with Maclin, Danario and Perry https://t.co/WflPKnvOkT— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) April 22, 2018
- The 2018 EYBL circuit has begun, and the KC Star’s Alex Schiffer was on hand to watch St. Louis’ Bradley Beal Elite team and others. You should check out his whole timeline for some of his impressions. But this one certainly stood out:
EJ Liddell told me he can barely go on Twitter anymore without getting mentioned in the middle of a fight between Illinois and Missouri fans over his recruitment. Finds it hilarious. I would find it annoying.— Alex Schiffer (@TheSchiffMan) April 21, 2018
Don’t be that guy.
- Welp, Mizzou Softball is back on the SEC Tournament bubble. After a lovely couple of weeks, the Tigers got overwhelmed by the latest top team on the docket. The Tigers led No. 12 South Carolina 3-1 in the fifth inning of their first game but got outscored 19-5 from that point forward. They lost 6-3, 8-3, and 6-2.
- Only 12 of 13 SEC softball teams make the conference tournament (which Mizzou hosts this year), and Mizzou’s now 6-14 in conference play, just a half-game ahead of No. 12 Kentucky and a game ahead of No. 13 Ole Miss. After a weekend off, Mizzou plays No. 5 Florida (gulp), while Ole Miss takes on No. 16 Arkansas this weekend and No. 7 Georgia next, and Kentucky faces No. 10 Tennessee and South Carolina. Any single Mizzou win against Florida will be huge.
- If the postseason began today, Mizzou Baseball would be back in the NCAAs. If it ends up happening, credit Steve Bieser’s replacement of a good pitching coach (Patrick Hallmark) with maybe an even better one (Fred Corral).
- Worth your time: Daniel Jones’ look at concussions and concussion prevention in football in the Trib. It focuses on a former Missouri Southern player, Juan Tabb.